Monday saw Camille singing and reading a part for her first formal audition. It was for The Music Man at a local community theater. She sang beautifully and clearly and was a little nervous for the reading, but came away feeling confident. I can already see her getting more comfortable with herself since she quit going to school. It makes me happy to see her happy again. She has such a passionate (sometimes intense) personality, and I think that can be a huge benefit to her, but in certain highly-controlled settings, it can feel very difficult for her, I think.
a giant sphere filled with tiny shrimp
a green screen weather-forcast studio
After lunch, it was back to Aldo Leopold for Camille and Sylvia and friends for a homeschool class about snakes, turtles, and such. Followed by tree climbing and fairy-house building with friends. It's a little amusing that even when we come into the city, you can find us climbing trees, and playing outside!
With interest-led learning or unschooling, I don't wonder if my children are learning anything , or if they are properly 'socialized'. I see every day, as we're reading a book, singing, watching a show, having a conversation, exploring a new park or exhibit, climbing a tree, kicking a ball, siding a chicken coop, or working out differences with a friend that a child immersed in her own interests cannot help but learn and question and ponder and absorb information from the world around her. My job is providing a rich and diverse environment and access to the outside world in fun, interesting, and yes, educational ways.